Our vision is to eliminate the disparity in outcomes for boys and young men of color.
The City of Philadelphia joined the MBK initiative by answering the call from President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. The overall program focuses on reaching six milestones by building upon existing programs and initiatives that work.
The White House identifies those milestones as:
- Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
- Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
- Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
- Completing Postsecondary Education or Training
Every American should have the option to attend post-secondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
- Successfully Entering the Workforce
Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
- Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.
MBK Community Conversations Initiative
Forged by a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) and the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Male Engagement, the Community Conversations Initiative is a platform to engage residents and leaders. The initiative is a monthly forum where community members and leaders discuss challenges, opportunities, and solutions that address dismantling inequities that impact the lives of men and boys of color in the city.
The Community Conversations Initiative focuses on discussions that include but are not limited to:
- Economic Development
- Health/ Wellness
The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement is dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for men & boys of color.
The Community College of Philadelphia values community engagement and service as an important part of its mission. The institution addresses broad economic, cultural and political concerns in the city and beyond through a variety of community service initiatives.
Have a question about MBK Philly? Contact Office of Black Male Engagement Director, Jack Drummond via email.